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Nicola
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Well Dylan had toe number three taken off today due to a really nasty nail bed infection and suspected tumour. I had hoped that toe cancer was a thing of the past as it is nearly three years since the other two toes had to be removed. Let's hope that there won't be any more, we can't keep taking them off. Unfortunately this one is a front toe and he had to have all of it removed so it's going to be a tricky healing process. He's very sleepy and sporting a large green bandage.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:59 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Awww, Nicola! So sorry that you and he have had to go through this all again. It's such a worry when you're waiting for it to heal up. I'm sure it will heal just as the others did and he will go on to have more healthy happy years with you, but I do wish you didn't have all this anxiety about him going through the surgery and recovering afterwards. I'm sure Amanda will offer some words of wisdom as I think Brion has lost 3 toes and he has recovered each time. Thinking of you. Do let us know how he goes on. x
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Sending Dylan healing thoughts. I hope he will be ok, such a horrible thing for you all to go through Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:36 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh, I am sorry. Just seen this. Yes, Brion has survived the loss of three toes, two on the back right paw and one on the front right paw. The front one healed fine, and the whole toe was removed, and the only problem now is that one of the surviving claws has a tendency to splay outwards and split. Mercifully I have forgotten most of the trauma of the times, and one in particular was particularly awful when his coat began to fall out in great chunks through all the stress, but I think he lost toe number one when 7, toe number two when 9 and toe number three when 10.
I do feel for you, and him. Be glad, though, that the toe is now being amputated. I found almost the worst part when we suspected toe cancer again, as did our vet, but she was understandably very reluctant to amputate without being as certain as she could be, which meant leaving it for what seemed far too long. Amanda

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for all your replies and support. Thanks Amanda for the information about Brion. It's really helpful to be able to read about Briards who have gone through the same thing, which is why I post about Dylan's health problems, just in case it might help someone in the future.

Dylan had lost a lot of blood apparently and was limping more when we collected him from the vets than when he had had toes removed from the back feet so I was worried. However he has got brighter and brighter over the last couple of days and is putting more weight on his foot. He also keeps telling me that he is extra hungry due to the meals he missed on operation day (he reckons he needs to catch up). The vet checked him last night and is happy so far. Thankfully she has re-bandaged his paw (it makes life much easier for me as he is a naughty licker) and the bandage will now come off on Friday. Dylan usually sleeps on the landing outside our bedroom, but spent the last three nights downstairs (with Adrian keeping him company on the settee), but this morning he suddenly arrived upstairs, so he must be feeling better. The downside of this is that this probably means that I won't have the bed to myself anymore. I've had a lovely three nights' sleep spread out. Maybe Adrian took to the settee?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Watch out! Brion got himself promoted to sleeping permanently in our bedroom due to convalescing from toe troubles. Initially I let him sleep by my side of the bed so that I could hear whenever he started to lick the wound from an amputation. That meant Dinah came too,. We decided that a move of house would mean a new start and a return to the kitchen for the dogs. But then Brion had another dodgy toe (fortunately only an infection this time but bad enough, he maintained, to need a lot of licking) so up they came again. Then we realised how cold the new kitchen was. And, and, and. . .
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Nicola
My boy George had three toes removed throughout his life and he recovered on each occasion. He too lost quite a bit of blood the last time which was about a year ago.
On the latter one we thought he had caught his nail whilst out walking but it was the same thing has the other two.
George recovered well although he played on it the little tinker, so much so that on the last occasion he limped around looking for sympathy and got it by means of my other half giving him my chicken dinner on the second night after his op whilst I got soup lol...
I wish Dylan a speedy recovery... I hope you do not think I am being forward but I presume he has a course of antibiotics to fight against any possible infection and additionally if it helps can I add that when George had his dressing removed our vet gave us a pinkish solution (for the life of me I cannot recall it's name) which you mixed with warm water and bathed the wound in the mixture....It was extremely useful and worked wonders for the healing process...perhaps you could mention it when Dylan next visits the vets.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi, I think the pink solution would have been Hibiscrub. Our vet recommended that too. Amanda

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:22 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I know Dylan will get through this, its a painful journey for him but will emerge victorious on the other side.
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